Published on February 24th, 2017 | by David Kraakman0
Time to say all hail to King Cavani of PSG
The hottest striker in the world is not in the Bundesliga or at Bayern Munich, instead it’s King Cavani who is leading the way for PSG
After three years playing in the significant shadow of Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani is back in his preferred No9 position at PSG and is thriving. The Uruguayan has proved his doubters wrong with a staggering 34 goals already this season for the French champions and is up there as one of the best strikers in world football.
Cavani is back to the kind of form that earned him a move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2013. Back then, El Matador was one of the most in-demand forwards around after scoring 104 goals in 138 games for Napoli, putting him amongst the club’s greatest ever goal scorers. PSG outbid everyone and sealed Cavani’s future with a €64M move. From that point, although he moved north, Cavani’s career went rather south.
The man born in Salto quickly had to adapt to a new position as a right-winger, a role which he had never played. It doesn’t take rocket science to understand that playing out of position doesn’t help the self-confidence of a footballer. Yet, Cavani did not complain once and kept his head down, but it was clear that his performance levels were suffering.
Nonetheless, Cavani did manage to average 25-30 goals a season (in all competitions) during those years and demonstrated his big-game mentality, scoring six strikes in four domestic cup finals. Cavani’s role as a winger limited his natural game too much, though, and therefore Ibrahimovic’s departure last summer must have sounded like music to Cavani’s ears.
Edinson was preparing for life as the main man once again and opinions were extremely divided on whether he could cope with the pressure or break under it. The Copa América in the summer only made that question mark bigger as Cavani put on a horror show which eventually sent Uruguay home after just three games. The contrast couldn’t be bigger seven months later.
Because now, Cavani is in scintillating form and tops multiple goal scoring charts, most notably the Ligue 1 table with 25 goals in 24 games. Still, fans but also journalists like to let their bias overrule and seem to lack any objectivity when it comes to the 30-year-old. The myth of Cavani missing too many chances, for example, is just false. A quick look at the statistics and you’ll see Cavani’s conversion rate is better than that of Luis Suárez, Robert Lewandowski and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Edinson Cavani's conversion rate (34%) this term is better than:
Ibrahimovic (21%) pic.twitter.com/NtCKAe9iTp
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